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Weekly Update 17 July 2006

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·         Brownfield Policy – Briefing

·         Great Ships Initiative

·         Great Lakes Restoration

·         Job Opening – Environmental Finance Research Assistant



Brownfield Policy – Briefing

 

The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, July 21, will host a briefing on brownfields, focusing on the challenges and opportunities for federal policymakers.  Returning the nation's brownfield sites to productive use could generate more than 550,000 additional jobs and up to $2.4 billion in new tax revenues while using existing infrastructure and accommodating growth in an environmentally responsible fashion.  A panel of public and private sector experts will detail current federal brownfield programs and discuss the policy opportunities to ensure the federal government continues to play a productive role in brownfield clean-ups.  The July 21 briefing will begin at 10:00 in 122 Cannon House Office Building.  Contact:  Evans Paull at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4004).

 



Great Ships Initiative

 

Leaders of over a dozen major U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports were joined last week by scientists and federal agency officials at Duluth/Superior harbor to announce an industry-led "Great Ships Initiative."  This $3.5 million effort will focus on developing and implementing shipboard treatment technology necessary to prevent the introduction of aquatic nuisance species into the Great Lakes by ocean-going ships.  Click here for additional information on the Great Ships Initiative.  Contact:  Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4007).



Great Lakes Restoration

 

The Senate last week passed the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (S. 2430) to reauthorize and improve the current program to provide resources to support fish and wildlife restoration in the Great Lakes.  Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, introduced the bipartisan bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-OH).

 

The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act was enacted in 1990 and in 1998, and S. 2430 would reauthorize this important program.  The bill authorizes $12 million for the state and tribal grant program to restore fish and wildlife in the lakes, authorizes up to $6 million for fish and wildlife regional projects--a new component of the program, requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to provide information on-line for fish and wildlife managers, calls for several reports on fish and wildlife in the lakes, and maintains the Fish and Wildlife Service's Fishery Resources Offices and the Great Lakes Coordination Office. The authorization of appropriations for this bill is increased from $8 million to $20 million per year.

 

A companion bill, H.R.4953, introduced by Reps. Dale Kildee (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.  Both members are seeking co-sponsors and are working to see this legislation reported out of the Resources Committee before the August recess.

 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 


 

Job Opening – Environmental Finance Research Assistant

 

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is seeking a research assistant to help develop financing vehicles for ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes.  Tasks will include researching case studies, preparing reports, and organizing workshops.  Click here to read the job announcement.

 


 

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